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COUNTY OF RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA

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Purpose:
The logistics industry is a well-established sector of the Riverside County economy that
has contributed to local job growth, fueled by societal growth trends in e-commerce and
coupled with our strategic location along a major trade corridor that connects to the Ports
of Los Angeles and Long Beach. It is expected that Riverside County will continue to see
strong demand for growth in the logistics industry. However, it is also recognized that the
construction and operations of logistics and warehouse projects in close proximity to
residences or other sensitive land uses (“sensitive receptors”) may negatively affect the
quality of life of those existing communities. Sensitive receptors generally include
residences, schools, parks, playgrounds, day care centers, nursing homes, hospitals, and
similar uses.
This policy provides a framework through which large-scale logistics and warehouse
projects can be designed and operated in a way that lessens their impact on surrounding
communities and the environment. It is meant to apply Best Management Practices to
help minimize potential impacts to sensitive receptors and is intended to be used in
conjunction with the County’s Land Use Ordinance, which provides development
requirements for said projects, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
This policy does not replace the need for preparation of the appropriate project-specific
environmental review and application of any necessary measures that may arise out of
that review. This policy provides a series of development and operational criteria that
can be implemented to supplement project-level mitigation measures, in order to further
reduce impacts related to logistics and warehousing development and operations. The
following policies are organized into specific categories, to address these potential quality
of life issues from the initial design process, to construction, and through operations.

Applicability
This policy applies to logistics and warehouse projects that include any building larger
than 250,000 square feet in size. It is intended to provide a general guidance that will be
appropriate for most industrial and warehouse projects. Project-level review under
CEQA would continue to apply to any projects, regardless of their square footage and
size, and which may include technical reports including, but not limited, noise, air quality,
and traffic related impact evaluations. The Planning Department shall use this policy to
review industrial projects and in instances where a project does not conform to the policy
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shall document findings to be considered by the Planning Commission and Board of


Supervisors. The hearing body (Planning Commission or Board of Supervisors) has the
discretion and authority to approve projects that deviate from the guidance provided in
this policy, subject to site-specific conditions, appropriate environmental review, and other
factors that the Board may consider.

Studies / Analysis:
1.1 An “Air Quality” study shall be prepared in accordance with the Air Quality
Management District (AQMD) guidelines.

1.2 A “Health Risk Assessment” shall be prepared when a proposed


warehouse/distribution facility is located within 1,000 feet of a sensitive receptor,
in accordance with AQMD guidelines.

1.3 A “Noise Impact Analysis” shall be prepared for use during the land use entitlement
review process to evaluate potential impacts to the neighboring properties. The
analysis shall include construction and operations-related noise impacts, including
stationary and off-site increases to ambient noise levels.

1.4 A “Construction Traffic Control Plan” shall be prepared prior to grading, which
details the locations of equipment staging areas, material stockpiles, proposed
road closures, and hours of construction operations. This is in addition to a Traffic
Impact Study as may be required for the environmental review process.

Construction Phase:
2.1 During construction of the warehouse/distribution facility, all heavy duty haul trucks
accessing the site shall have CARB-approved 2010 engines or newer approved
CARB engine standards.

2.2 All excavators, graders, rubber-tired dozers, and similar “off-road” construction
equipment shall be CARB Tier 3 Certified engines or better.

2.3 The maximum daily disturbance area (actively graded area) shall not exceed 10
acres per day.
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2.4 Construction contractors shall utilize construction equipment, with properly


operating and maintained mufflers, consistent with manufacturers’ standards.

2.5 Construction contractors shall locate or park all stationary construction equipment
so that the emitted noise is directed away from sensitive receptors nearest the
project site, to the extent practicable.

2.6 The surrounding streets shall be swept on a regular basis to remove any
construction related debris and dirt.

2.7 Appropriate dust control measures that meet the SCAQMD standards shall be
implemented for grading and construction activity.

2.8 Construction equipment maintenance records and data sheets, which includes
equipment design specifications and equipment emission control tier
classifications, as well as any other records necessary to verify compliance with
items 2.1-2.7 above, shall be kept onsite and furnished to the County upon request.

2.9 Construction Contractors shall prohibit truck drivers from idling more than five (5)
minutes and require operators to turn off engines when not in use, in compliance
with the California Air Resources Board regulations.

2.10 During construction, the Transportation & Land Management Agency


representative shall conduct an on-site inspection with a facility representative to
verify compliance with these policies, and to identify other opportunities to reduce
construction impacts.

Siting and Design:


3.1 The siting of a warehouse/distribution facility is unique to the location,
characteristics of the property, and surrounding uses. The following measures are
subject to modification based on the specifics of site topography, proximity of
adjacent sensitive receptors, and other relevant factors.

3.2 Warehouse/distribution facilities should be generally designed so that truck bays


and loading docks are a minimum of 300 feet away from the property line of
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sensitive receptors, measured from the dock building door. This distance may be
reduced if the site design include berms or other similar features to appropriately
shield and buffer the sensitive receptors from the active truck operations areas.
Other setbacks appropriate to the site’s zoning classification shall be incorporated
in the design.

3.3 Warehouse/distribution facilities shall be designed to provide adequate on-site


parking for commercial trucks and passenger vehicles and on-site queuing for
trucks that is away from sensitive receptors. The general queuing and spill-over
of trucks onto surrounding public streets shall be prevented. Commercial trucks
shall not be parked in the public road right-of-way or nearby residential areas.

3.4 Driveways shall be placed, to the maximum extent practicable, on streets that do
not have fronting sensitive receptors adjacent.

3.5 Sites shall clearly mark entry and exit points for trucks and service vehicles.

3.6 Sites shall be densely screened with landscaping along all bordering streets and
adjacent sensitive receptors, with trees spaced at no less than 50 feet on center.
Fifty percent of the landscape screening shall include a minimum of 36-inch box
trees. Facility operators will be responsible to establish a long-term maintenance
mechanism to assure that the landscaping remains in place and functional in
accordance with the approved landscaping plan.

3.7 On-site speed bumps shall not be allowed. Truck loading bays and drive aisles
shall be designed to minimize truck noise.

3.8 Dock doors shall be located where they are not readily visible from sensitive
receptors or major roads. If it is necessary to site dock doors where they may be
visible, a method to screen the dock doors shall be implemented. A combination
of landscaping, berms, walls, and similar features shall be considered.

3.9 An additional “wing-wall” shall be installed perpendicular to the loading dock areas
to further attenuate noise related to truck activities and also address aesthetics by
screening the loading area when adjacent to sensitive receptors.
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3.10 To the extent possible, establish separate entry and exit points within a
warehouse/distribution facility for trucks and vehicles to minimize vehicle/truck
conflicts.

3.11 All lighting used in conjunction with a warehouse/distribution facility operations,


shall be directed down into the interior of the site and not spill over onto adjacent
properties.

3.12 Warehouse/distribution facilities shall install electrical connections to eliminate


idling of main and auxiliary engines during the loading and unloading process, and
provide for refrigerated trucks and other trucks requiring electrical power. A
minimum of 20% of the truck docks/loading bays shall be installed with electrical
connections.

3.13 Facility construction shall comply with the hours of operation and exterior noise
decibel levels as required by Riverside County Ordinance No. 847 (“Noise
Ordinance”)

Operations:
4.1 Facility operators shall maintain records of their fleet equipment and ensure that
all diesel-fueled Medium-Heavy Duty Trucks (“MHDT”) and Heavy-Heavy Duty
Trucks (“HHD”) accessing the site use year CARB 2010 or newer engines. The
records should be maintained on-site and be made available for inspection by the
County.

4.2 Facility operators shall prohibit truck drivers from idling more than five (5) minutes
and require operators to turn off engines when not in use, in compliance with the
California Air Resources Board regulations.

4.3 Facility operators shall train their managers and employees on efficient scheduling
and load management to eliminate unnecessary queuing and idling of trucks.

4.4 Facility operators shall coordinate with CARB and SCAQMD to obtain the latest
information about regional air quality concentrations, health risks, and trucking
regulations.
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4.5 Facility operators shall establish specific truck routes between the facility and
regular destinations, identifying the most direct routes to the nearest
highway/freeway and avoid traveling through local residential communities.

4.6 Facility operators shall require their drivers to park and perform any maintenance
of trucks in designated on-site areas and not within the surrounding community or
on public streets.

4.7 Facility operators for sites that exceed 250 employees shall establish a rideshare
program, in accordance with AQMD rule 2202, with the intent of discouraging
single-occupancy vehicle trips and promote alternate modes of transportation,
such as carpooling and transit where feasible.

4.8 A minimum of 5% of employee parking spaces shall be designated for electric or


other alternative fueled vehicles.

4.9 If a public address (PA) system is being used in conjunction with a


warehouse/distribution facility operations, the PA system shall be oriented away
from sensitive receptors and the volume set at a level not readily audible past the
property line.

4.10 Facility Operation shall comply with the exterior noise decibel levels as required by
Ord. 847 (Noise Ordinance), which includes a maximum exterior decibel level of
55 dba (between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.) and 45 dba (between 10:00 p.m. and
7:00 a.m.) as measured on adjacent occupied residences, or as modified by the
most current version of Ordinance No. 847.

Signage:
5.1 Signs should be posted in the appropriate locations that trucks should not idle for
more than five (5) minutes and that truck drivers should turn off their engines when
not in use.

5.2 Signs should be posted in the appropriate locations that clearly show the
designated entry and exit points for trucks and service vehicles.
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5.3 Signs should be posted in the appropriate locations that state parking and
maintenance of all trucks is to be conducted within designated areas and not within
the surrounding community or on public streets.

5.4 Signs should be posted in the appropriate locations and/or handouts should be
provided that show the locations of nearest food options, fueling, truck
maintenance services, and other similar convenience services, if these services
are not available onsite.

5.5 Each Facility shall designate a Compliance Officer responsible for implementing
the measures described herein and/or in the project conditions of approval and
mitigation measures. Contact information should be provided to the County and
updated annually, and signs should be posted in visible locations providing the
contact information for the Compliance Officer to the surrounding community.

5.6 Signs shall be posted in accordance with Ordinance No. 348, which may be
amended from time to time.

Community Benefits:
6.1 Applicants for proposed warehouse/distribution facilities shall engage in a
community outreach effort to engage the existing community in determining issues
of concern that can be addressed through site design and other means during the
project land use entitlement process.

6.2 Applicants for proposed new facilities should look beyond their immediate
development footprint and look for opportunities to enhance the surrounding
community through upgrades such as street paving, walls, landscaping, or other
types of infrastructure improvements.

6.3 Given the potential for community impacts related to the construction and
operation of logistics and warehouse facilities, the applicant for any new facility
may be required to provide a supplemental funding contribution, which would be
applied to further off-set potential air quality impacts to the community and provide
a community benefit above and beyond any CEQA related mitigation measures.
Said financial contribution would generally be determined by the Transportation
and Land Management Agency based on the level of nitrogen oxides (NOx)
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emissions generated by the project that exceeds the regional NOx significance
thresholds established by the appropriate AQMD. Said supplemental funding
contribution will be collected on a one-time basis. Funds collected under said
supplemental funding program will be subject to designation for use by the Board
of Supervisors, and will generally be used for projects that directly benefit the
impacted community wherein the project is located. The types of projects that the
Board of Supervisors may designate for use of these funds include, but are not
limited to:

 Projects that directly offset NOx reductions above and beyond what is
required by existing air quality regulations;
 Projects that generally improve air quality such as paving of dirt roads,
installation of additional trees and landscaping;
 Projects that provide an enhanced buffer between the new facility and
sensitive receptors; and
 Projects that lead to reduced emissions by promoting alternate forms of
transportation such as bicycle lanes, new sidewalks, bus turnouts, or other
transit-related uses.

6.4 The County recognizes that the South Coast Air Quality Management District is
studying and considering the implementation of a mitigation fee program that
would apply to logistics and warehouse uses. Should SCAQMD adopt a mitigation
fee program that covers similar uses to achieve additional air quality benefits as
intended by Section 6.3, the County recognizes that participation in said SCAQMD
fee program would offset the supplemental fee requirement in Section 6.3.